Updated: Jan 5
The Forest Service has issued a closure order for the entire area where the illegal container
wall was installed. As of today, they are not issuing passes for photojournalists. One Protector was told that passes will be both limited and controlled. However, this does not provide adequate press freedom nor serve the public interest in obtaining unbiased thorough documentation.
Photojournalism is dependent on timing, lighting and cannot be constrained within carefully crafted photo-ops. This issue is of significant importance right this very moment. Work is being done without oversight.
From the perspective of future history, it is even more important that it be thoroughly documented. It will become more interesting and documentation will become more valuable as time passes, especially years from now when all traces of the wall itself are gone.